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Training and Reemployment
We have analyzed the effectiveness of different reemployment strategies, including training and services for displaced workers, and conducted the most comprehensive study to date of the long-term impacts of different Individual Training Account models to help unemployed Americans get training to help them return to work. The Workforce Investment Act (WIA), which replaced the Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) in 1998, consolidated a fragmented system of employment and training programs and provide universal access to services. The reform stressed customer choice, gave state and local agencies more flexibility in service design, strengthened local accountability for customer outcomes, engaged businesses, and changed services provided to youth. Our rigorous evaluations of programs such as the WIA Adult and Dislocated Worker programs, which is estimating the programs’ effects on employment and earnings for adults, dislocated workers, and key subgroups, are providing evidence to inform decision making .
Next Generation of Enhanced Employment Strategies Project (NextGen)
This project aims to identify and rigorously evaluate the effectiveness of innovative programs designed to promote employment and economic security among low-income individuals with complex challenges to employment, such as health conditions, criminal history, or limited work skills and experience.
Retirement and Disability Research Consortium
The Retirement and Disability Research Consortium is an extramural research program that was established by the U.S. Social Security Administration in 2018. Mathematica’s Center for Studying Disability Policy has partnered with the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College in this effort.
Gretchen Kirby has extensive experience studying the implementation and outcomes of programs and policies in early childhood, child care, and employment programs for low-income people. Her work focuses on measuring quality, implementation, and costs in early care and education programs.Featured Projects
- Assessing the Implementation and Cost of High Quality Early Care and Education
- Early Care and Education Leadership Study (ExCELS)
- Aligning Federal Performance Indicators Across Programs Promoting Self-Sufficiency: Actionable Steps for Program Design and Practice
- Aligning Federal Performance Indicators Across Programs Promoting Self-Sufficiency: Key Considerations for Policymakers
- Quality Improvement
- Early Childhood
- Early Childhood Systems
- Quality Measurement
- Training and Re-employment
- Family Support
- TANF and Employment Issues
- Human Services